Son of Woman

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East African Publishers, 1988 - Africa - 158 pages
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An instant success and bestseller in Kenya, which ran into 6 reprints, this prize-winning novel marked the beginning of popular literature in Kenya. Mangua's novel is a fictional, autobiographical account of the son of a prostitute. The male narrator describes his life as the orphan of a prostitute in the slums of Nairobi, a young man frequenting bars and brothels, a student, corrupt civil servant and seasonal convict. His is a humorous and cynical account revealing much about the unsavoury aspects of a world experiencing rapid social change. Charles Mangua is a prolific writer of popular literature, and author of three other novels, Son of Woman in Mombasa (the sequel to Son of Woman), A Tail in the Mouth, and Kanina and I.

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Best book I have ever read. Good choice of words

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Am made to understand this book has disrespect to the guy appearing at photo printed at the cover photo i.e violation of right to publicity without the owner of the photos consent .May justice be prevailed unto him (calvin),compensate the guy appearing on the cover photo.The author is using Calvin's photo at his tender old age back in 2000 as he dwelled in the streets as a beggar for commercial interests while him Calvin languishing in poverty,kindly Mr Charles change Calvin's life by compensating him for publishing his photo on the book SON OF WOMAN at the cover page,since it has made you not only famous but also wealthy.Dont take advantage of his poor life for commercial gain.Thanks. 

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